A BELOVED pet dog was killed and another is fighting for its life following a huge fire which destroyed the ice-cream parlour at Over Langshaw Farm near Galashiels during the early hours of Saturday morning.

The owners issued a statement on social media thanking firefighters and the community for their support in the aftermath of the blaze.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the farm said: "We have had a terrible fire at the farm early Saturday morning. Thankfully everyone is okay. But we have lost our big pal Nash the dog 💔 We are all absolutely devastated. Our other collie, Meg, is still fighting at the vets 😔🤞

"Just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped out over the weekend. Especially the firefighters and Tom Lawrence. Everyone who has brought generators, flasks and even cake. ❤️ The Ice cream parlour and all its contents have gone, so there won't be any production for a while. I've tried to get in touch with as many of our customers as possible.

"Thank goodness all our livestock, big people and wee people are ok. There's a long way to go, but we will come back from this 💪🏻"

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 03.49am on Saturday, 18 March to reports of a farm building well alight on Bluecairn Road, Galashiels.

"Operations Control initially mobilised two fire appliances, increasing to four appliances in total to the scene, where firefighters extinguished the fire and rescued three dogs.

"There were no other casualties. "Crews left at 08.17am after ensuring the area was made safe."